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Re: Official Oakwood Thread!

Wed Sep 22, 2010 6:08 pm

Where is the closest place to stay near this park? Cheap taxi ride away for example?
 
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Wed Sep 22, 2010 6:23 pm

Next door. :lol: [url=http://www.bluestonewales.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.bluestonewales.com[/url] its a bit pricey though but very nice.

Other than that there are loads of caravan sites/guest houses between Tenby and Oakwood. Narberth is the closest town, about 10 minutes drive away from Oakwood.
 
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Re: Official Oakwood Thread!

Wed Sep 22, 2010 6:36 pm

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Quick question... why does Hydro only have one boat? :?

I think the design of the ride means that there is no room for a boat to wait before the station, so it isn't capable of running two.
 
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Wed Sep 22, 2010 6:44 pm

"Crofty" wrote:
Next door. :lol: [url=http://www.bluestonewales.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.bluestonewales.com[/url] its a bit pricey though but very nice.

Other than that there are loads of caravan sites/guest houses between Tenby and Oakwood. Narberth is the closest town, about 10 minutes drive away from Oakwood.

Not at £150 lol... some guest houses in narberth could be ideal since thats where the train comes in to.
 
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Wed Sep 22, 2010 7:39 pm

"John""][quote=""mattbailey" wrote:
Quick question... why does Hydro only have one boat? :?

I think the design of the ride means that there is no room for a boat to wait before the station, so it isn't capable of running two.[/quote]
Obviously this could be fixed by having a system where it can send a second boat up the lift before the first one has cleared the splash-down section, and stop the lift if the first boat didn't return.

They just don't need to, the capacity of it is fine for the park. :)
 
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Wed Sep 22, 2010 7:54 pm

The problem there would be ensuring the boat was ready for dispatch by the time the first returns. An alternative would be to install some sort of conveyor before the station capable of stopping the first boat until the second is ready
 
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Sat Dec 11, 2010 4:41 pm

any construction int the park this year?
 
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Sat Dec 11, 2010 4:48 pm

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought Hydro used to have two boats before "the incident"? I thought they only fitted OTSRs to one boat and left the other to rot? :?
 
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Sun Dec 26, 2010 6:58 pm

thats what i thought

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after some time thinking i have thought what was the reason for oakwood going weak.
hydro accident. do you remember the train ever having to be 3/4 full to make it round the track or it having to be modified so that the water doesn't hit the bridge as heavily as it used to?

I also think the accident posponing speed by 2 years and not having a new attraction for 4 years means this park has to create a new format. it needs to be a thorpe park or continue to make a loss it needs to be thrill ride heavy.
who goes there? teenagers.
my opinion is don't call a theme park oakwood and then only put one wooden ride there.
i think that if this park is going to compete look at the alton towers sw7 thread they all crave a wooden coaster going through the valley. so why with no apparent planning problems aren't they calling intamin or geurstler again and making a 2 coater deal or a 1 coaster 1 flat over 4 years deal.

Using the latest worlds firsts they could use the thirteen concept and send theirs through the wood but at heigher speeds and with more force powered launch is not needed at oakwood.
I pesonally believe that a megaphobia is better than a new concept anyday.
why does anyone want to build a coaster to call it a first knowing that the budget is going to go on development, then the next year the idea is opened up and a billion pound theme park makes your worlds first look like a toy ride because they just had to buy a coaster and theme it.
oakwood has lost its chance at theming now its like rita wasn't originally ever for theming.
now with that in mind riders only want the coaster so their theming could be kept minimal.

Two steel coasters in oakwood are enough for now they don't blend like megaphobia does.
how natural does it look?
i have also read that the boss is a coaster enthusiast and so by now he must be pushing the costing to get a new coaster onsite i know that aspro are a multiple business company so surly they could go right give oakwood 6 million to build a new coaster and give reason to hike the price also offering bluestone as their hotel and waterpark friends butting another entrance next to it and freeing up the extra space for development closer to the waterpark.
oakwood has competition for the family side but none for the thrill seekers in wales so why not push one to get an image.
 
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Sun Dec 26, 2010 11:20 pm

I don't believe Oakwood has much of a future. It saddens me, but the location is just DIRE.
 
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Re: Official Oakwood Thread!

Sun Dec 26, 2010 11:36 pm

None of my friends bother with Oakwood any more, it's not far away from here, but they would(including myself) would rather pay the extra to go to a decent park where you can have a day out, last time I went to Oakwood we got round the park in less than 2 hours.

Wouldn't surprise me if the park falls in to the ground and gets left to rot in a few years time.

It's a shame, as I've always thought that Wales could do with a decent theme park, I wouldn't say Oakwood is or ever was a theme park. Shame really. I'm sure the Hydro incident is a part of the downfall of Oakwood, but the park has always been dire. I'd rather head down to Porthcawl for an afternoon tbh.
 
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Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:20 am

I have to disagree with you saying that the park is dire! I went for the first time in August, and was very impressed, I'd much rather go there than say Lightwater Valley or even Drayton to an extent. Speed and Megafobia are fantastic rides that you can just keep going on again and again, especially Megafobia. Then you have fun rides such as Waterfall, we loved that when we were there! The kids coaster, Treetop Coaster I think it is, is also rather fun!

Sure, there's not a lot there, but what is there is great for a park such as Oakwood, I certainly plan to go back in the next couple of seasons despite the long drive. It is a great shame about the location, if it was a bit closer to Swansea or Cardiff then there would be a lot more potential for future success.

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Mon Dec 27, 2010 7:36 am

Dan was suggesting that the location is "Dire", not the park. :)

The location isn't the best for many day visitors but remember that Pembroke get a lot of visitors in the summer months. The access roads are really quite good too considering it's a bit out of the way. :)

They do desperately need to sort the park out a bit though and install something new and not a little tacky like 'Plane Crazy'.
 
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Re: Official Oakwood Thread!

Mon Dec 27, 2010 8:16 am

Oakwood has a bit of charm in my opinion.
Location is not ideal for the most of the UK, but as Crofty says Pembrokeshire does have a summer tourism trade.
That said, it has always been quiet when I have visited on summer Saturdays. I think they need some investment, something new and exciting to tempt back the customers.
I would take a day out in Oakwood over Lightwater or Flamingoland any day though, and distance is probably similar for me.
 
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Re: Official Oakwood Thread!

Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:18 pm

"Crofty" wrote:
Dan was suggesting that the location is "Dire", not the park. :)

I know he was, and I'd agree with that, it was James that said the park was dire and who I was responding to!

It would be fantastic if Oakwood could get a bit of investment in the next few years, something slightly more substantial could bring in a few more crowds which would be great for them. We'll just have to wait and see, I wouldn't be too surprised if there were no major additions in the next few years which would be a bit of a shame.

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Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:43 pm

May be saying dire was a bit to far, but I still think the park has lacked anything worth going there for these days. I've never had good run ins with staff there, the setting of the park is nice, but there's just not enough there for a day out IMO.

It may just because I've been going there for years now and I'm just, well, bored with the place. They do need some good investment into the park, it doesn't have to be a massive amount of money, just something new to get peoples attention and get more visitors, I think the park could do with a bit more marketing to.

I just feel that my money is better worth spent on a day out to Alton, Drayton, or even to a certain extent, Thorpe. :)
 
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Thu Jan 06, 2011 5:52 pm

Fancy yourself as a Theme Park Boss? Oakwood are looking for a new General Manager. :)

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Hurry though, applications must be in by tomorrow. :)
 
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Oakwood: general discussion 2011

Sun Mar 06, 2011 9:58 pm

Spotted this, posted by Ian on CoasterForce. :)

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"Tenby Today" wrote:
Theme park staff’s early start to fill UK’s wettest ride

It may still be six weeks before Oakwood Theme Park re-opens to the public, but staff are already hard at work preparing for the new season.

Earlier this week, ride engineers at the award-winning Pembrokeshire theme park embarked on the mammoth task of filling the lake and reservoir of Drenched - the UK’s wettest ride.

Formerly known as Hydro, Drenched is the tallest water ride in Europe, contains an extraordinary 4.5 million litres of water and takes six weeks to fill up.

Oakwood Theme Park’s Andy Hygate said: “Our ride engineer Peter Hughes-Jones is in charge of getting Drenched ready for the new season and we’ve provided him with his own bucket to speed things up a little!

“We worked out that we’d need close to half-a-million bucketfuls of water to finish the job! Fortunately we’re not relying entirely on Peter’s efforts - even so, it will take more than a month to fully fill up the lake,” he added.

As well as refilling the lake, staff have installed four new water cannons on the newly named ride which will allow onlookers to give ride-goers an extra soaking.

Over the winter the entire park has undergone a programme of re-painting prior to reopening to the public on Saturday, April.

Opened in 2002, Drenched is the tallest, steepest and wettest water ride in Europe. After climbing more than 30 metres into the air, riders are faced with a near vertical 88 degree drop into 4.5 million litres of water.

Even spectators need to be on their guard to dodge the 45 foot splash wave on the wooden viewing bridge.

Bit weird this. The only reason I can think of that they'd change the name is to disassociate themselves with the 2004 death. But wouldn't they have done that at the time? What's the point now? :?
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Re: Oakwood's "Hydro" becomes "Drenched"

Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:01 pm

I think it's a good idea, even if it's a little late.

I cannot stand this ride though, it's hideous to ride. I honestly detested it.
 
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Re: Oakwood's "Hydro" becomes "Drenched"

Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:09 pm

Hmm, this seems very weird indeed. It's been 7 years since the death so that can't be why they've changed the name. May be it's just to get publicity and make it sound "new" again. A bit like Spinball without the sponsorship?

Oakwood is desperate need of new rides/attractions, even though it's not far to drive there for me but there's just nothing new there, ever. I know it's only a small park with a small number of guests but they really need to pull their fingers out and get the park more "out there". Oakwood is in a beautiful setting, it just needs that va va voom put into it.

Anyway it's a good stunt. It will get a few people talking and any new improvements are welcomed, even though I hate the ride. :P

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